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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Feds Sentence Ashland Man to 30 Years in Prison for Labor Trafficking

Posted By on Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 2:32 PM

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Jordie L. Callahan, 28, was sentenced today to 30 years in prison for his role in holding a woman with cognitive disabilities and her child against their will and forcing the woman to perform manual labor for him and others. Earlier this year, he and Jessica Hunt, 33, were both convicted on one count each of conspiracy to violate laws; forced labor and acquiring a controlled substance by deception.

“Mr. Callahan, through his cruelty, sought to deprive the victims in this case of their dignity and their freedom,” U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach said. “He failed in the former, and the victim’s strength ended up trumping his. As for the freedom part — now it is the defendant whose freedom will be taken, for a long time.”

From Scene's July 2013 feature on the crime:

According to prosecutors, Shannon Eckley and her young daughter had been forced to live at Callahan and Hunt's home and perform various chores and tasks for nearly two years—clean the house, do laundry, shop for groceries, and care for numerous pit bulls and reptiles. The details of the case—threatening the woman and her daughter with harm or death, threatening them with a large snake, forcing them to sleep in a padlocked room with a large iguana, and more—hover around Dettelbach's phrase "modern-day slavery."

Hunt is scheduled for sentencing on Thursday.

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